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Kayaks down the Nile

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The approximately 6693 km long Nile is the longest river on earth and one of the greatest wonders of nature. She has been playing a vital role in the development of the human race for 6,000 years. The water of the Nile is the source of life for an immense human population, which consists of dozens of breeds. Moreover, the Nile runs along an impressive variety of nature: fr ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published April 28th 1979 by Brigham Young University Press (first published 1979)
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Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This book describes the grand adventures of my grand uncle as he paddled thousands of miles to explore the entire length of the Nile River. His harrowing tale pulled from his journal during the journey chronicles treacherous encounters with dangerous waters, animals, insects and people.

Well done Uncle John!
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ahhhhh, who wants to kayak the Nile with me?
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I haven't felt a book pull me in to it's pages this strongly in a long time! It was fascinating to read the adventures of Goddard and his 2 buddies kayak the 4125 mile Nile River at a time when few white men had ever even traveled to Africa! Having contracted malaria, dysentery, staph infections and other goodies while also having to battle crocodiles and hippos along the raging whitewater rapids sounded like a miserable yet beautiful adventure! These 3 men saw things that very few people in the ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In 1951 John Goddard and two other fearless friends were the first to kayak the Nile from the its headwaters to Cairo—a total of 4,145 miles .The “Nileteers”, as they called themselves, did not wear crash helmets or life vests, rather they paddled for endless hours through hippo and crocodile infested waters, running rapids along the way in kayaks that would be considered cumbersome today. Young Goddard, who was 23 at the time, had no kayaking experience before embarking on this extreme adventur ...more
Gary Brecht
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
In 1950 John Goddard and two Frenchmen adventurers like himself set out to kayak down the world’s longest river. Over some twenty years later Goddard published his journal of this epic adventure. Narrated in chronological order, the account provides us with interesting vignettes of life among the various tribes and inhabitants along this magnificent river. Photographs of the journey add to its authenticity. The chief value one derives from this narrative is a clearer picture of the geography of ...more
Bill Subalusky
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
A real adventurers book. The courage of these three gentlemen who went down the entire Nile River by kayak was unbelievable. A life threatening occurrence seemed to happen to them every day, sometimes more often. Even more impressive was that at the time of this trip, kayaks were made of aflimsy wooden frame with a canvas covering. Overall a very informative book as well as an intersesting one. The author spares no detail in describing the cultures and histories of many of the lands visited.
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Opened the book & fell in. Apart from being inspired by him & his goals - it's an interesting adventure, all the more so realizing that he did this in 1950, before the world was so open & accessible by plane, TV & video. Imagine pulling your kayak up to shore & seeing a native in a loincloth! He takes you there. And this is just ONE of his adventures.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A gripping adventure/explorer true tale. Keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Josh Shelton
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lots of notations about historical context and people met along the way. Most of the people who join him for later adventures seem to drown or get eaten by crocodiles. John Goddard is the man.
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